Emma Laskin started creating figurative and portrait art as a child, producing detailed fashion portraits of girls worldwide. Her love of painting developed in late high school. As an undergraduate at Harvard University, Laskin majored in Italian Renaissance Art History, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also completed intensive coursework in Fine Arts as electives. After college, Laskin worked as the lead research assistant for Professor Howard Gardner, a neuropsychologist at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences made a strong impact on Laskin who came to understand that she possesses a complex integration of visual-spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal intelligence, not simply artistic and emotional "talents". Laskin then attended medical school at Cornell University Medical College and became a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She often uses the emotional experiences of her patients to inform her portraits.